Mansfield is continuing its Winter Storm Alfred recovery efforts Monday as Town officials and power crews work to clear roads and restore electricity to residents.
As of Noon Monday, 2,546 of Mansfield’s 6,560 Connecticut Light & Power customers (38 percent) were without power.
Around that time Sunday, .
Fran Raiola, Mansfield’s assistant director of emergency management, said Monday morning, that the Town is making progress.
Although , power has been restored to all but the middle school, and the Town will make an announcement regarding the re-opening of the schools by the end of the day.
“Mansfield looks to be in better shape than our surrounding communities, but we still have a lot of residents that are still without power,” he said.
A news release sent out by the Town Monday morning indicated that it might take as long as two or more days before power is fully restored.
As for the Town’s roads, Raiola said that Mansfield’s Public Works Department, along with CL&P, had been able to clear all trapped residences and that all roads in Town are now passable to their knowledge.
“Like many towns there are many trees down and wires down on trees and obstructions, but our public works department worked hard yesterday along with CL&P and got roads open, so we no longer have anyone who is stranded,” he said.
While crews work to restore power, Raiola said the American Red Cross has partnered with the Town’s human services department to manage .
The will continue to provide free meals with help from the , hot showers and access to electricity to charge cell phones and other electronic equipment, he said.
“We’re finding that folks are certainly using it during the day and in the evening,” Raiola said. “We’re going to keep it open again tonight.”
Residents may fill their potable water (drinking) containers at the community center and non-potable water (flushing toilets, etc.) containers at the following locations:
- Station 207 (1722 Storrs Rd., near the intersection of Rt. 195/44)
- Station 307 (intersection of East Road and Rt. 195)
“We want residents to know we’re working with utility companies to get the best services we can for our residents,” Raiola said.
Raiola would like to remind residents that all wires that are down or hanging should be considered live and dangerous. and make sure that smoke detectors are operating with a fresh set of batteries.